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It’s a Mod, Mod World Backstage at Ralph Lauren

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Ralph LaurenWhen it comes to Ralph Lauren, you’re not going to find anything earth-shattering backstage—there will be never be a trendy lip color or daring eyeshadow, which some may find repetitive, or to put it bluntly, boring. I, however, appreciate a man who knows what he likes and sticks to the classics. And on the last morning of fashion week, who needs surprises? (After all, we’ve got Marc Jacobs for that.) But this season, instead of the low ponytail we know and love, there was a slight departure: Guido Palau switched things up with a more casual blowout. (Baby steps, ladies and gentlemen, baby steps.) He prepped damp strands with Redken Satinwear 02 from roots to tips, made a slightly off center part, then blew hair straight using a round brush. For a glossy finish, he applied a drop or two of Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine through the ends.

Makeup artist Tom Pecheux added some sixties flavor to the face—citing Twiggy and Jane Birkin as muses. “We decided to play a little bit with that [theme], but in the Ralph world,” he said. And while Palau had his blowouts, Pecheux was able to use black mascara on both top and bottom—for the first time ever. But before he got to the exciting part, he perfected models’ complexions with a light layer of foundation and powdered the T-zone. Next, he sheered out MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Natural in Medium Deep (a bronzer) with translucent powder and swept it gently along the hollows of the cheeks, adding a touch of MAC Pleasure Model Extra Dimension Blush (the same shade used at Proenza Schouler, available for spring/summer 2014) just below the apples so as to not make the models look too “girlish.” After brushing brows up and curling the lashes, he took the 205 Mascara Fan Brush from MAC and coated the bottom lashes with Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in Extreme Black. As for opposing set, the wand that comes inside the tube did the job. Next, Pecheux rimmed the inner eye with an alabaster-colored liner pencil and drew a rough band across the upper lash line before diffusing the pigment up over the lid with a small, synthetic brush. “I used a white pencil [instead of powder] because I wanted to avoid flakes on the lashes,” he added. To make sure the fourth row could clearly see the fringe, he applied a second layer of mascara to the top lashes—this time using the fan brush to work the formula into the roots. The lips were dabbed with a simple balm. Sure, there was nothing truly revolutionary here, but I give Ralph Lauren points for taking some “risks.”

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